Lyrics of Life (1909)/Inheritor

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Lyrics of Life by Florence Earle Coates
Inheritor
Also published in The Outlook (24 April 1909). This poem was not included in Mrs. Coates' collected Poems (1916, in 2 vols.).


INHERITOR

Say not the gods are cruel,
 Since man himself is kind—
Man, who could give no tenderness
 If, impotent and blind,
He stretched appealing hands on high
 No tenderness to find,—


Who, wakened to compassion,
 No longer stands apart,
Careless of others' suffering,
 But, rather, shares the smart,
Because of pity drawn from out
 The Universal Heart,—


Who feels within him glowing
 A spark that dares aspire,
Flame-like, unto supernal things,
 With never-quenched desire,
And knows that Heaven bestowed on him
 A spark of its own fire!